Tuesday, July 28, 2015

12 Remarkable Women Revealed As Honorees for NWPC LA Westside Calendar Gala in October

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Current and previous Calendar honorees (left to right):
Robyn Ritter Simon, Amy Howorth, Barbara Ruskin, Kristie Holmes,
Jane Hasler Henick, Lindsey P. Horvath, and Lee Saltz

With three months remaining until the NWPC LA Westside Calendar event, the "12 Remarkable Women Leaders" were announced last Thursday morning in the Garden at Factors Restaurant in Beverly Hills.

Loyola professor and radio personality, Jessica Levinson, delivered remarks at the well-attended breakfast meeting where anxious politicos and activists gathered to hear which “12 remarkable women” will grace the pages of the organization’s celebratory 2016 calendar.

The Remarkable Women Leaders Calendar seeks to honor 12 women who have made significant contributions to the betterment of our communities, particularly in regards to issues impacting women, and who serve as role models and mentors to women in public service.
After the announcement, Prof. Levinson shared a few special remarks regarding some of the still pressing issues regarding the gender disparity in politics, including the unique challenges women still face in running for political office, and why it is important to work towards achieving diversity in ranks of elected officials. In regards to the last election, Ms. Levinson who is also Vice President of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, commented:

“I am deeply saddened that we must find cause for celebration when fewer than one in five representatives, but approximately one out of two members of the population, are women. We need the best representatives advocating for their constituents, not the second or third best.”

The Remarkable Women Leaders Calendar and Gala is a major fundraiser for NWPC LA Westside, which is known for its work in supporting pro-choice, progressive women candidates for elected or appointed office – from the local to national levels – through trainings, endorsements and contributions. The funds raised at this seminal biennial event helps NWPC LA Westside work towards addressing the inequities that exist in the political process. The Calendar event will take place on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at The Mark for Events in West Los Angeles. To RSVP and purchase tickets please CLICK HERE or simply visit our website www.nwpclawestside.org.

The 2016 “12 Remarkable Women” honorees are:

Amy Howorth
Manhattan Beach City Councilmember

Amy Thomas Howorth was elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council in 2011. She served as mayor of Manhattan Beach in 2014 and served for 8 years as a member of the Manhattan Beach School Board. @amyhoworth

Ana Guerrero
Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Ana Guerrero serves as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff. In this capacity, she is the primary driver of his agenda to improve neighborhoods, create jobs and make City Hall work better, and directs all aspects of the Office of the Mayor.

Betty Yee
California State Controller

Betty Yee was elected California State Controller in 2014. Previously, Betty served on the California Board of Equalization and has over 30 years of experience in state and local finance and tax policy. @BettyYee2014

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair of The Judy Fund

Producer of the critically acclaimed, award winning film Still Alice, Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns serves as chair of The Judy Fund, where she works to ignite public awareness and engagement in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. She was appointed to the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association in 2011.

Dr. Kristie Holmes
Adjunct Associate Professor, USC; Women’s Rights Advocate

Dr. Kristie Holmes has acted as moderator for an NGO at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, as well as participated as a panelist at the Women Leaders Forum as part of the United Nations General Assembly. Currently, she serves on the board of United Nations Women U.S. National Committee. @DRKristie

Laura Rosenthal
Malibu City Councilmember

Laura Zahn Rosenthal was elected to the Malibu City Council in 2010. Laura, a practicing clinical psychologist for over 30 years, serves as a member of the League of California Cities Environmental Quality Policy Committee and serves as the  alternate representative to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. @Laura4Malibu

Leanore “Lee” Saltz
Public Health Advocate/Educator

Lee Saltz is a retired teacher and longtime community advocate on public health, social justice and reproductive rights issues. Lee serves on many boards, including the National Council of Jewish Women, the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library and on a special project with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Madeline Di Nonno
Executive Director of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Madeline Di Nonno is the Executive Director of The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and See Jane.  Madeline focuses her 25 years experience in media, marketing and business development experience to raising awareness around regarding gender diversity and equity in entertainment mediums.

Mona Pasquil
Appointments Secretary, Office of Gov. Jerry Brown

Mona Pasquil serves as Appointments Secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is responsible for helping the Governor recruit top candidates to serve California. @monap22

Nury Martinez
Los Angeles City Councilmember, 6th District

Nury Martinez serves as the only woman elected out of 18 Los Angeles city offices. Prior to her election to City Council, Nury served on the Los Angeles Unified School Board and was a community advocate. @martinez_nury

Paula Madison
Author/Former Television Executive

Paula Madison is an award winning journalist, former television executive, successful business owner and appointee to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. Paula was named one of the "75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America" by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2005 and recently published Finding Samuel Lowe about her family’s efforts to explore their ancestry.

Sheila Keuhl
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 3rd District

Sheila Kuehl was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2014. Previously, Sheila served as a member and Speaker of the California State Assembly and as a member of the California State Senate. @sheilakuehl

The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), Los Angeles Westside is a multi-partisan, grassroots membership organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process. NWPC LA Westside recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for service in elected and appointed public office at all levels of government. Follow NWPC LA Westside to keep informed about women leaders working throughout the Southern California region on Twitter @NWPCLAWestside, on Facebook , and on the web at www.nwpclawestside.org.

Friday, July 24, 2015


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Complete list of honorees was announced today to NWPC members, friends and supporters

Los Angeles - July 23, 2015 - The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), Los Angeles Westside, a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political process, announced their selection of twelve honorees who have made significant contributions to achieving equality for all women through their political participation. The announcement was made Thursday morning to NWPC leadership and members, as well as friends and supporters at Factor's Famous Deli in Los Angeles.

Also in attendance were three of this year's honorees: UN Women's Committee National Board member Dr. Kristie Holmes, Manhattan Beach Councilmember Amy Howorth and public health advocate Lee Saltz. Other honorees include prominent elected officials, business leaders and creatives who represent the diversity of women in Los Angeles. California State Controller Betty T. Yee, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Ana Guerrero, Chief of Staff to Mayor Eric Garcetti, were among the other remarkable women designated with the honor.  

"I am delighted to be included in the 2016 Women Leaders Calendar," said Paula Madison, 2016 honoree and Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. "I proudly support the efforts of the LA Westside Chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus to increase gender equality in the political landscape."

"I'm incredibly honored to be chosen as a 2016 Remarkable Women Leader," said Manhattan Beach Councilmember Amy Howorth, a 2016 honoree. "The bi-partisan work of NWPC is crucial for not only women, but for their children and indeed all people. When women thrive, we all thrive."

Attendees of the event included NWPC board members, current and past honorees.

"Serving as a past board member and President of NWPC LA Westside helped lay the groundwork for my appointment and subsequent election to the West Hollywood City Council," said West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath. "It was a tremendous honor to be recognized as a 2010 Calendar Honoree, as the work the organization performs to tackle gender parity is extremely worthwhile."

Following the announcement, a keynote speech was made by Jessica Levinson, an election law expert and Professor at Loyola Law School known for her regular appearances on broadcast news programs.

"Women are underrepresented at every level of government across the country. There is a vital need for a substantive discussion about ways to work towards equal representation," said Levinson. "I am thankful to NWPC for providing this platform, and for recognizing the important work these women and this organization perform throughout the community."

The twelve remarkable honorees will be celebrated at the NWPC, LA Westside's Calendar Gala on October 22. The event recognizes the outstanding contributions and remarkable achievements made by the women who live, work and give back to our community. It will be the sixth Calendar event in eight years. For more information, please visit: http://www.nwpclawestside.org/CalendarEvent2015.html

The 2016 honorees include:

  • Madeline Di Nonno, CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
  • Ana Guerrero, Chief of Staff, Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Dr. Kristie Holmes, National Boardmember, United Nations Women's Committee
  • Amy Thomas Howorth, Councilmember, Manhattan Beach
  • Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor, Los Angeles County
  • Paula Madison, Vice President, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners
  • Nury Martinez, Councilmember, Los Angeles
  • Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary, Governor Jerry Brown
  • Laura Rosenthal, Councilmember, Malibu
  • Lee Saltz, Public Health Advocate
  • Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, Founder & Chair, The Judy Fund; Co-Producer, Still Alice
  • Betty T. Yee, California State Controller


The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) is the only multi-partisan organization dedicated to recruiting, training and supporting pro-choice women running for office. Our NWPC LA Westside chapter focuses on supporting pro-choice women seeking elected or appointed positions within local and statewide government in the cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Santa Monica and Malibu, as well as unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County. For more information, please visit: http://www.nwpclawestside.org/index.html

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Breakfast July 23 - Join NWPC LA Westside As We Announce the 12 Remarkable Honorees for our 2016 Women Leaders Calendar

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The Suspense is Over...  
Join NWPC LA Westside 
As We Announce the  
12 Remarkable Honorees for our
2016 Women Leaders Calendar

Please join NWPC LA Westside for our July Membership Breakfast at Factor's Deli as we
announce the women who have been selected for the 
2016 Remarkable Women Leaders Calendar.

Twelve accomplished women were selected to grace the pages of our 
Biennial Calendar, which supports our efforts to recruit, train and support women 
seeking elected and appointed office.

Thursday, July 23, 2015 
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
9420 W. Pico Blvd.West Los Angeles 

Breakfast Included.
$30 Per Person
Register now

Featuring Special Remarks By Professor Jessica Levinson
Loyola Law School

We are honored to welcome Professor Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School, to share special remarks regarding the challenges facing women in politics and running for political office. Ms. Levinson serves as the Vice President of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission and is a popular commentator and guest speaker on TV, radio and print outlets throughout the country.
Questions? Email us at 
Media Inquiries may be directed to 
Robyn Ritter Simon at 
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Monday, June 15, 2015

From Presidential Gender Watch

"I ran because somebody had to do it first."
- Shirley Chisholm, 1st Black woman major party candidate for president  

We know it's early, but are you tracking the presidential polls for 2016? We are, and we've got the gender breakdowns for you in the presidential polling section of the Presidential Gender Watch site. For more information on women's voting behavior in previous presidential contests, check out our fact sheets on the gender gap in vote choice and gender differences in voter turnout.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Carolyn Ramsay announces plans for Los Angeles City Council District 4 at NWPC LA Westside Fundraiser

With one day left in the race to replace longtime Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, the battle for the 4th district seat intensifies between David Ryu and Carolyn Ramsay. If Ramsay wins, she will be the first woman to represent the seat and the second woman to serve on LA City Council. If Ryu prevails, however, he will be the first Korean American on the Council.

So who is the most qualified candidate for District 4? It was very clear at last Monday’s NWPC LA Westside event supporting Carolyn Ramsay’s campaign that she is the candidate of choice. During the event gathering, which included many local officials from the City of Los Angeles, LA County and other local cities, Ramsay laid out her three main priorities: (1) to protect and enhance neighborhoods; (2) to fix the city’s infrastructure, particularly streets and sidewalks; and (3) enact an economic development initiative to save jobs and retain the entertainment industry. On this final point, Ramsay’s ambitious plan is to attract new businesses and to incentivize the entertainment industry with tax start-ups in a 20-block area of Hollywood intended to stop business from leaving Los Angeles.

Ramsay emphasized that the combination of her drive for innovative technology, her open collaborations with businesses and local unions, her stance on addressing water conservation measures, and her preeminent experience in the community show her ability to lead the 4th district in a much more inhabitable direction.

“LA City went from the crime capital to the safest big city in America. I’ve seen this huge transformation happen in the City of Los Angeles. I want to be apart of the next wave and I want to work with everyone to make LA the safest, most livable and sustainable big city in America,” Ramsay stated Monday.

So far, Ramsay has amassed a long list of City Hall, community and media endorsements, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA City Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Koretz, and Council president Herb Wesson, the Police and Firefighters union, labor union, the Sierra Club, the LA City Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and the National Women’s Political Caucus.

City Council District 4 stretches from Sherman Oaks to Miracle Mile and includes parts of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Voters in these areas are encouraged to get out and vote in the Tuesday, May 19th run-off. Unfortunately, the primary election, which included fourteen (14) candidates, only had a 16% voter turnout, which was the lowest in history. NWPC LA Westside is proud to support Carolyn Ramsay for CD4 and is encouraging all members and allies to help spread the word about our endorsement and why it is important for everyone in CD4 to get out and vote.

NWPC LA Westside’s goal is to increase the number of stellar women serving in elected and appointed offices. To join our movement, become a member of the NWPC LA Westside Chapter by visiting our website to enroll and joining us in our monthly board meetings. Follow us on Twitter and facebook to stay up-to-date with coming events, elections and workshops.

Catherine J. Hood

NWPC LA Westside Board Member

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